According to the ‘law’ of Karma, the cycle of birth and death continues till man reaches realization after which he is given moksha from this cycle and merges back with the Lord.
I find a lot of problems with this ‘Law’.
First, it is said in the law of Karma, ‘The punishment for the sins of man in one life shall come back to him. He cannot escape the punishment. His sins and good karmas, are weighed at his death and he suffers for his sins in the next life’.
Sounds somewhat like Newton’s third law of motion doesn’t it? 🙂 [Wonder if Newton made his law after listening to this, or was it the other way around?]
Okay on a serious note, so a man did something bad. He lived the rest of his life. He died and then he was reborn as somebody else and has to suffer. Consider the scenario: a person ‘ABC’ killed another man, or let’s say for the sake of dramatization, picked up a machine gun and slaughtered 200 men and got away with it. He was never convicted. He lived his life as he wanted to, and died of old age. He meets the Lord at the gates of Heaven, the Lord says, ‘Oh! You killed 200 men, very bad’. Now, he is born as ‘XYZ’, a pious and simple man, who works at a bank. He lives a simple life and has worked at the bank for 20 years, and one fine day is hit by a car while crossing a road. He survives, is paralyzed waist down for the rest of his life. Now people would say that the man XYZ, is suffering for the sins of his past lives; and XYZ being unable to do anything about it, has to live in the consolation, that his past sins are at least redeemed by this immense suffering he is undergoing. What sense does this make? ABC killed people. And XYZ suffers on his account; XYZ does not even know his mistake (of the past life), or why is he being made to suffer.
Looking at this rationally, suffering is brought upon man to make one repent for his crimes (at least that’s how we humans figured it out and designed our justice systems), to make one realize that what he did was wrong and that he not repeat the same acts/crimes. Now XYZ does not even know what his fault was, or why he is being made to suffer. Is this Justice?
Now, some more thought into this; isn’t it easier to explain what happened to XYZ was due to him being a nutcase and not looking both sides while crossing the road?
Or even more thinking, if he was hit by a car and paralyzed for life, if it not a heinous act by the retarded driver of the car who hit him? That driver put XYZ through so much misery, probably 20 years more of paralysis and unthinkable agony and pain? So what would be his fate? Now the driver did a heinous act (instrument of God’s Law of Karma) by hitting and crippling XYZ, that he has to suffer in his next life. And from the just system that Karma is, the driver would be hit by some vehicle or some other cause and made to suffer just like he made XYZ suffer. See a self-sustaining cycle?
Law of Karma also states, ‘Your present is the effect of your past. You did a good thing and you live a happy life; you did something bad and you shall suffer’
Now, since our present is the result of our past acts, and our present acts define our future; does it not imply that our future is directly based on our past? What role do we play? It’s as if what we do does not matter because the first time we were born (the very first time), what we did then defines how all our subsequent births would be. Without any input from us!
I mean, if we have to suffer due to our past sins, we suffer doing good things all our life; and if we are evil, we are so because we get away with it. Think about this, a child when he steals something, if caught and severely punished, would think at least twice before stealing again. He would be reminded of the consequence of stealing that he had to face the last time when he stole. However, if he is let go, with no consequence, he would think, ‘Oh this is fun! I got what I wanted and without any effort. I wanted candy, I did not have to do my homework and wait for mom to give it to me, I just took it.’ So a man, who commits evil, and gets away with it once, would do it again, and again, and again. Thus piling up his sins, and would then have to suffer endlessly in his next life. Which would make him humble and simple, which would get him goody points for his life after that; and if he commits a sin in his next life, he gets away with it on account of his ‘goody-points’ from his past life. Is this not a flawed way to deal with the ‘sins’ issue?
Now one may think, why is the law so defined? I offer a simple explanation.
All religion is so defined so as to suppress any questions that may arise.
This is necessary to avoid and contain the loopholes which exist in such ‘laws’.
[Why do the loop-holes exist? Because man designed the laws, you don’t expect the All-knowing father to leave loopholes in his sermons and ‘laws’ to mankind; do you?]
It is necessary for one to suffer in the next life, because; if a good main breaks his leg, and questions God (or His preachers) so as to why is he made to suffer when he never did anything wrong, they have a simple answer, your past life. There is no second question!
If the suffering of a nice man is severe, he is given the added bonus of words like ‘Do not worry, this is your exam which the lord is taking, you shall pass through this unscathed and your soul shall return to the lord’, ‘this is your last test, after which you shall return to the lord’, ‘the lord is testing you, for once you pass this final test, you shall be deemed fit to return to the King’, etc. and the man is so blinded in all this, that even when he is dying, he has the name of the lord on his lips. Such is the success of the plot of religions.
Not only has religion made man to believe that there is an ever watchful lord, who is present everywhere and who watches not only everything you do, but also everything you THINK; It has also established itself so stupendously and firmly into the world, that even when the purest of men die, they think of only the sins they committed in their lives and seek forgiveness from the Lord. No joy of living a full life, no peace of dying, nothing, just more guilt.
[I have worked on and elaborated the advantages of this ‘system’ (rather than religion), as I like to call it, too, I am not all Evil 🙂 ; you can find some thoughts on why this works and why it was important for this ‘system’ to exist in the first place here.]
Next part of this ‘long’ thought chain to come up in two days. 🙂